BOUNTIFUL – There are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Davis County. Cities from North Salt Lake to West Point have scheduled a variety of activities to celebrate the holiday, from the classic parades and fireworks to concerts, tournaments, plays and more. Many of the events are free and open to residents of other cities.
North Salt Lake
The 17th Annual NSL 5K starts the celebration on June 28 at 7 a.m. at North Salt Lake’s Legacy Park. Registration can be done online under “North Salt Lake Events” at xpressrec.com or in person at city hall.
The fun continues on July 2 with a car show starting at 7 p.m. at Eaglewood Golf Course. On July 3, everyone returns to the golf course for food vendors and kids activities starting at 6:30 p.m. Skydivers will perform, and there will be a demonstration of RC planes. Residents are welcome to bring chairs and blankets, though organizers ask that people not start setting up before 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.
For more information, call 801-335-8700.
The city kicks off its activities at West Bountiful City Park on July 3 with a 6:30 p.m. Safety Fair, sponsored by the West Bountiful Police Department. At 7 p.m., a concert featuring a collection of local performers will start, after which the band Endless Summer will take the stage at 8 p.m. The fireworks start at 10 p.m.
On July 4, there will be a flag raising at 7 a.m. at West Bountiful City Hall. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at 400 N. 800 West, after which it follows the same route as last year. Following the parade there will be activities at the city park from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., including bouncy toys, face painting, food vendors, a food contest and concerts.
For more information, call 801-292-4486.
The evening of July 3 starts with the city’s children’s parade at 6:30 p.m., starting at the white church at 160 S. 200 East and ending at Founder’s Park. That’s where activities will start at 7 p.m., including bounce toys, reptiles, games and food booths. Performances will begin at 10 p.m., including Kelly DeHaan’s musical comedy and Mark Robinette’s Tuba-Q show. Fireworks set to music will begin at 9:45 p.m.
Activities continue into July 4, which starts with a 5K run and children’s run at 7 a.m. behind city hall. At the same time, the chuckwagon breakfast begins at Founder’s Park. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m., starting at Chase Lane and ending at Pages Lane, while the activities from the day before will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.
During that same time, quilt and youth art exhibits will be on display at Centerville Elementary School, where residents will be able to vote on their pick for the People’s Choice Awards. The day will be capped off by a police auction at 1 p.m. in the park pavilion.
The city starts celebrating early with its annual patriotic devotional, this year set for June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Davis High School Auditorium. Robert C. Oaks, retired Air Force General and LDS General Authority, Emeritus, will be speaking.
Davis High will also be the source for several other Independence Day-related activities, including the Kaysville/Fruit Heights Idol on June 30-July 1, and the community musical “Anne of Green Gables” on July 2,3,5,7 and 8. All activities are at 7 p.m., though there is a 3 p.m. matinee of the musical on July 4.
The first-ever Kaysville block party will be July 3 from 10 p.m.-midnight in front of city hall, while breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. the following morning at the DATC. The 5k/10k run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Davis High parking lot, and residents can register in advance at kaysvillerotary.com.
Food, animal shows and other activities will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4 in the DATC detention basin, and the parades will start at 11 a.m. on Main Street. Musical performances will start at 1 p.m., also in the basin, with headliners “Paid in Full” starting their concert at 7 p.m. Kaysville/Fruit Heights Idol performers will perform at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.
For breakfast prices and more information, call 801-544-1788.
The city starts things off on a musical note with “Voices of Liberty,” a patriotic concert set for June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater. Everything else begins on the morning of July 4, with a community breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m., a Fun Walk that begins at 7:15 a.m. and a Fun Run that begins at 7:30 a.m. at Layton Commons Park.
The flag raising ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the parade at 10:30 a.m. Dutch oven demonstrations will be at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the north end of the park, near the concessions and vendor booths that will open at 12:30 p.m.
The New American Philharmonic Symphony will begin performing at 8 p.m. in the amphitheater, complete with cannoneers. Audiences are welcome to stay in their seats and watch the fireworks, which will begin at 10 p.m. in the skies over the park.
For breakfast prices and more information, call 801-336-3900.
The Independence Day activities begin with a Freedom/Run Walk on July 4 at 7 a.m. at the Clearfield City offices. Registration can be done online until 1 a.m. on July 3 at active.com.
The scouts will be offering up breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at Kent’s Market, after which the parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. starting at the corner of State Street and Center Street. It will then continue south along State Street, and east along Highway 193.
Activities start in Fisher Park at 2 p.m., including a talent show, BMX bike demonstration, games and more. Hip-hop artist Kountry Boi will perform at 4 p.m., while country singer Charley Jenkins will perform at 6 p.m. The band Beyond 5 will take to the stage at 8:45 p.m., and the fireworks will cap off the evening at 10 p.m.
For breakfast prices and more information, call 801-525-2700.
The city will start its July 4 with a flag-raising ceremony at 6 a.m. at Loy Blake Park, while the community breakfast will start at the same time at the park’s large bowery. A 5K run and 2K walk will start at 6:30 a.m. Registration can be done in advance until June 30 at city hall.
The parade will start at 8:30 a.m. at the LDS stake center at 2300 W. 550 North, following the previous year’s route until it reaches Loy Blake Park. There, activities will include face painting, bingo, arts and crafts, a car show and more. There will also be a horseshoe tournament set to begin at 10:30 a.m., though all teams need to have signed up by 5 p.m. July 3 to participate.
For breakfast prices, call 801-695-5771. For other questions, call 801-776-0970.
*Note: Farmington and Syracuse offer celebrations outside of the actual July 4th weekend. The Clipper has covered or will cover these events separately. Many cities also offer celebrations on or around July 24 (Pioneer Day). The Clipper will have more information on those events later.